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La Palapa Marina

#16 Airport Boulevard
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten
T: +1-721-545 3213





The Scuba Shop Useful Links

Please find below a list of useful links. Many of these businesses are mentioned on other pages of our website, but we wanted to organize them on a single central page for your convenience.

Dive Shops St Maarten

Contact Us for information on other dive shops on St Maarten / St Martin and the surrounding islands - we know them all and can put you in contact with the perfect match to your dive profile.

Yacht Charter Companies St Maarten / St Martin

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The Moorings - St Martin
Operating out of Captain Oliver's Marina, The Moorings is right next door to The Scuba Shop.

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Sunsail - St Martin
Operating out of Captain Oliver's Marina, Sunsail is right next door to The Scuba Shop.

Horizon Yacht Charter
Operating out of Simpson Bay, just a short dinghy ride across the lagoon to The Scuba Shop.

TradeWinds Yacht Charter
Operating out of Simpson Bay, TradeWinds offers fully crewed charters with Dive Masters and scuba gear onboard.

Dream Yacht Charter
On your way from the airport, stop at The Scuba Shop for all your scuba gear rental and purchase needs.

Select Yachts
Luxuary Caribbean Crewed Charter.

Marine Parks St Maarten / St Martin and the Surrounding Islands and other Environmental Organizations

Nature Foundation St Maarten

Reserve Naturelle St Martin

Saba Conservation Foundation and Marine Park

St Eustatius National Parks Foundation and Marine Park (STENAPA)

Reserve Naturelle St Barthelemy

Anguilla Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources

EPIC - Environmental Protection In The Caribbean

The Humane Society of the United States

Swim-with-the-Dolphins Attractions:
Don't believe the myth - they aren't safe for people or dolphins!

Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten

Help keep St Maarten / St Martin FREE of the captive dolphin industry.

Favorite Links St Maarten / St Martin

Loterie Farm
We have been coming to Loterie Farm for about 13 years - almost right from the get go when BJ Welch was hacking his way through the "jungle" with his machete. Both my girls have been carried up the "mountain" in baby carriers, and swum in the pond when they were so small they could not touch the bottom (it is only about 2.5ft deep)! The Fly Zone of course included a Ti-Tarzan circuit for our little ones - who very soon snuck onto the real thing - and as soon as they were tall and heavy enough they graduated to the Extreme. The addition of Julie's cooking at the Hidden Forest Cafe (one of my favorite restaurants on the island) makes a day at Loterie Farm complete. This is what we do when we are not at the beach.

Tri Sport
Located right next door to The Scuba Shop in Simpson Bay, Tri Sport's main retail store stocks and rents pretty much everything for eco-sports that we don't. They also run great Kayak Tours, with time for snorkeling, from Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay. Kayak, Bike, Run and Swim, owners JP and Susy do it all - if they are not in the shop to help you, they are out training for the next big event.


The Incomplete Guide to the
Wildlife of Saint Martin
Discover the unique wildlife of the island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten with vivid color photos and fascinating descriptions of its mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. This guide includes commonly-seen species, animals that are only found on this island, and may strange and unusual creatures that are seldom spotted anywhere.

Caribbean Snorkeling and Diving


Les Fruits des Mer
The pictures of the Extreme Shallow Snorkeling team (E.S.S.) on the home page will make you giggle, and realize just how much fun you can have with a mask and snorkel and 3 inches of water! Not only does this site introduce you to the sport of E.S.S., but it also hosts an enormous wealth of information about the sealife and wildlife of  St Maarten / St Martin. Well worth a browse.


Marine Related

Superyacht Services Guide
to the Northern Caribbean

Covering the Bahamas to St. Maarten to St Barths to Montserrat, this "Captain's Inside Guide" offers great resources for those cruising the area.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Held the first weekend in March, the Heineken is one of the Caribbeans largest regattas. From Bareboat to Maxi classes there is something for every sailing enthusiast.

To ensure participation of all the non-sailors, sponsor Heineken throws 4 days of FREE parties with international artists to keep you dancing the night away.

The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association, founded in 1994 promotes the island of St. Maarten as the premier destination in the Caribbean for visiting yachts of all sizes. The infrastructure created by the private sector, the island's tax free status and excellent communications have all played an important part in helping St. Maarten become the "Yachting Capital" of the Caribbean.

St Maarten Sailing School and Charters

St Maarten Sailing School and Charters
Make this vacation an interactive one. Our good friends Garth and Iain, instructors from St Maarten Sailing School, are on standby to assist you through every phase of your courses in beautiful, sunny St Maarten.
US Sailing School Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising Courses are available. Sailing instruction in Qualified Crew, Basic Rules of Right of Way, Skippers Course and Coastal Navigation--  are available with Nautic Ed.

Transport Links


Great Bay Ferry
Ferry Service: St. Maarten - St. Barths
Daily ferry service out of Bobby's Marina in Philipsburg to St Barths.



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